Schola Magdalena

A Very Busy Week

Pentecost fell on the long weekend this year with a joint service and readings in many languages. On Wednesday, the evening discussion of The Agile Church moved to an earlier time to accommodate a concert celebrating women's right to vote by Schola Magdalena. who had their final sound check in the nave as we talked downstairs in the hall


Their colleague and fan, ritual choir cantor Rob Castle, produced a surprise. "For a post-recital concert tonight by Schola Magdalena commemorating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage in Canada, I baked butter tarts from the 1915 edition of "Five Roses Cook Book" - which I just happened to find on a bookcase of family memorabilia last week. This little book was a brilliant marketing tool, as within 2 years of the first 1913 edition, " nearly 600,000 copies are in daily use in Canadian kitchens - practically one copy for every second Canadian Home". All you had to do was send in the postage and you got a free copy. The great Canadian myth is that the railroad united us... I say it was baking that truly made us a united nation."

Friday night brought us 125 guests for the first cold service community dinner. 

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Saturday, the May Festival paraded around the block while the annual plant sale took place on the south lawn.

  And on Sunday afternoon, several parishioners traveled to St. Bede for the induction of the Rev'd Jennifer Schick as their new priest in charge.  One of our small people joined their Sunday School for the afternoon and even performed a celebratory anthem.